The provisional entry list for February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour has been released, featuring 60 cars representing 13 different manufacturers across four classes.
Entries officially close at 5 p.m. local time today.
ENTRY LIST: Bathurst 12H
Thirty one GT3 cars will battle for the outright and BRM Chronographes Pro/Am class victories in Class A with Australia’s top GT outfits to be joined by some of the world’s best.
Meanwhile, 13 GT4 cars showcase the massive growth of the category in the last twelve months.
“We are very pleased with the entry list and the depth of competition in every class,” Event Director John Casey said.
“The spread between outright and BRM Chronographes Pro/Am contenders in class A is pleasing and will see fantastic competition for both trophies within the GT3 class.
“Meanwhile the growth in the GT4 class mirrors the evolution of the category on a global stage. That class will be a serious highlight next February with each brand having several potential winners.
“Entries remain open for a day and we are expecting a few high-profile additions to the current list before the final grid is settled.
“Fans looking to attend should book their tickets now to make sure they don’t miss what will be a remarkable field tackling the Mountain next February.”
Audi is well represented with 10 examples of the Audi R8 with the local and New Zealand entries bolstered by the addition of high profile international outfit, WRT.
The Belgium-based team has been one of the most successful teams in GT3 racing, winning the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro Cup in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, and the Sprint Cup team’s title every year since its inception in 2013.
The team will run two high profile entries with driving combinations to be announced in due course.
Bentley Motorsport will return to give the current Bentley Continental GT3 its final fling before the new 2018 model is launched later in the year.
The British brand has been on the podium the last two years and will aim to farewell the original Continental with a Bathurst victory next February.
Three BMW M6 GT3s will compete – including a two-car outfit from BMW team SRM and a single-car entry from the iconic BMW team Schnitzer from Germany.
New Zealand team Trass Family Motorsport will represent Ferrari with their 458 GT3, while three Lamborghini’s will tackle the mountain – including two Gallardo’s and a Huracan GT3 for Trofeo Motorsport.
McLaren will look to return to the top of the podium following their 2016 success with three entries, while Mercedes AMG will be stronger again with no less than six of the thundering AMG GT3s represented.
Newcomers Strakka Racing will make their first trip to Bathurst to kick off their Intercontinental GT Challenge campaign with two cars, while Scott Taylor Motorsport and Mark Griffith will enter their locally-based entries.
Porsche has a host of international representation, including Manthey Racing from Germany and the US-based entries from Black Swan and Competition Motorsport.
While several key driver combinations are yet to be confirmed, those announced already include Supercars stars Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth and international talent like Timo Glock and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
Notable absences include defending race winners Maranello Motorsport, as well as Nissan, which has been an ever-present force on the Mountain since the GT3 era began.
Five Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Cars will battle it out for Class B honors, while class C – for GT4 cars – has seen enormous growth this year.
13 cars make it the biggest ever representation of GT4 cars in the Southern Hemisphere with the field evenly spread across the key brands competing in the class.
Four of the brand-new BMW M4 GT4s are entered – including one from the USA – while the same number of Ginetta’s will contest the race representing the local arm of the brand.
Two KTM X-Bows and three Porsche Cayman GT4s round out what is a highly anticipated class battle.
The Invitational class is now 11-strong and includes three of the new MARC II racers alongside six of the existing cars, plus the two Daytona Sportscars entries.
Following withdrawals, both pre-event and during practice and qualifying, 52 cars started the 2017 race.